Sept 9, 2018

Made For Mission: Bring Someone With You.

God’s calling on your life is always bigger than your lifetime. He is inviting you to join Him in his activity where He’s already working.

Read Luke 8:40-42  Jairus meets Jesus and His disciples. His description as the synagogue leader was a big deal. In that culture think city council member or even mayor of that area. This could be a really big opportunity for this small start up movement led by Jesus. If a synagogue leader were to become a follower he might influence the whole city and even the surrounding region. 

Read Luke 8:42b-48  Jesus stops on his way to a big ministry opportunity to talk to someone that everyone else ignored. Based on Old Testament Law the people would believe that this woman’s disease would permanently make her unclean and anything she touched would become unclean as well. People know about this woman. She has a reputation. As she pushed her way through the crowd to get to Jesus picture what she most likely have to endure? She was probably shoved to the side given dirty looks. Yet in all this the woman is relentless to get to Jesus. It pays off and her whole life is changed in a moment. You have no idea when God wants to use you. You’re greatest impact will probably come at a time you’re least expecting it.

If you walked in here today and you’ve been carrying around baggage, a prayer request for what seems like forever, then learn the lesson from this woman.  Don’t give up. Run to Jesus. There is always hope. He can do more in a moment than you can do in a lifetime.

So, how do I do that? I want God’s calling on my life to be bigger than me. Bigger than my lifetime. Bring someone with you. As you go live the mission you were made for don’t go alone. Bring someone along for the ride. This may be the single greatest leadership lesson we learn from the life of Jesus.  Jesus intentionally brought people with him.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The command is clear “As you go” - through your life intentionally share Jesus with the people you meet then disciple them in their faith. Jesus ends by promising -that he will be with us always, to the very end of the age.

Read Acts 9:36-42 Peter healed Tabitha almost the same way that Jesus had healed Jairus’s daughter. Many people came to believe in Jesus all throughout Joppa simply because Jesus took Peter with him. God is a “connecting the dots” kind of God. We have no idea what God wants to do through us and when He wants to do it. God’s calling on your life is bigger than your lifetime.

What is God calling you to? Who can you bring with? Who in your life does not know God? Who can you invite to chase after Him with you.

I challenge you to live for God this way. Let God change other’s lives/and yours.

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